Natixis Global Asset Management Launches Aurora Horizons Fund

  Natixis Global Asset Management Launches Aurora Horizons Fund

New mutual fund from experienced multi-manager hedge fund specialist firm

Business Wire

BOSTON -- March 27, 2013

Natixis Global Asset Management (NGAM) announced today the launch of the
Aurora Horizons Fund (AHFAX), which is a multi-strategy mutual fund
dynamically allocated across multiple hedge fund managers. The fund may help
investors achieve additional risk diversification within a traditional
long-only portfolio of stocks and bonds by providing diversified exposure to
alternative strategies. The fund is managed by Aurora Investment Management
L.L.C. (Aurora), which has specialized in multi-manager portfolios of hedge
funds since 1988.

“We are pleased to offer the Aurora Horizons Fund, which gives investors
access to investment talent not previously available to them in a mutual fund
format,” said David Giunta, president and chief executive officer, Natixis
Global Asset Management – U.S. Distribution. “As investors look to build
durable portfolios for the long term, adding liquid, transparent exposure to
alternative strategies as part of a diversified investment portfolio may help
reduce overall portfolio volatility and complement traditional asset returns.”

The Aurora Horizons Fund is a multi-strategy, multi-manager fund that provides
diversification by dynamically allocating across sub-advisers that execute
alternative strategies, including Long/Short Equity, Long/Short Credit,
Event-Driven, Short-Biased, and Macro. It is managed by Aurora’s team of
investment professionals who are experienced in the early identification of
some of the most talented hedge fund managers. This team includes Roxanne
Martino, CEO and portfolio manager; Scott Schweighauser, president and
portfolio manager; Justin Sheperd, CIO and portfolio manager; and Anne Marie
Morley, managing director of operational due diligence. Aurora is well-known
in the hedge fund space for its rigorous research and selection process, as
well as its vigilant, multi-faceted operational due diligence.

“The new Aurora Horizons Fund provides investors with a liquid alternative to
traditional hedge fund investments,” said Scott Schweighauser, president and
portfolio manager at Aurora. “We actively reallocate the portfolio to a set of
proven alternative investment managers to help the fund’s shareholders benefit
from market fluctuations and strategy performance trends.”

About Aurora Investment Management L.L.C.
Aurora Investment Management L.L.C. (“Aurora”) is one of the world’s leading
managers of hedge fund portfolios in the alternative investments industry.
Since its founding in 1988 with the launch of Aurora Limited Partnership,
Aurora has managed hedge fund portfolios, pursuing investment results with a
consistent investment philosophy, a commitment to superior due diligence, and
a disciplined investment process. Headquartered in Chicago, Aurora manages
over $10 billion in assets for institutional clients, including corporate and
public pension funds, foundations and endowments, insurance companies, and
healthcare organizations. Since 1995, Aurora has provided customized portfolio
solutions to clients to help them meet their specific investment objectives.
Further information is available at www.AuroraLLC.com.

About Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A.
Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A. is one of the 15 largest asset managers
in the world based on assets under management.^1 Its affiliated asset
management companies provide investment products that seek to enhance and
protect the wealth and retirement assets of both institutional and individual
investor clients. Its proprietary distribution network helps package and
deliver its affiliates’ products around the world. Natixis Global Asset
Management, S.A. brings together the expertise of multiple specialized
investment managers based in Europe, the United States and Asia to offer a
wide spectrum of equity, fixed-income and alternative investment strategies.

Headquartered in Paris and Boston, Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A.’s
assets under management totaled $779 billion (€591 billion) as of December 31,
2012.^2 Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A. is part of Natixis. Listed on
the Paris Stock Exchange, Natixis is a subsidiary of BPCE, the second-largest
banking group in France. Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A.’s affiliated
investment management firms and distribution and service groups include
Absolute Asia Asset Management; AEW Capital Management; AEW Europe;
AlphaSimplex Group; Aurora Investment Management; Capital Growth Management;
Caspian Private Equity; Darius Capital Partners; Gateway Investment Advisers;
H2O Asset Management; Hansberger Global Investors; Harris Associates; IDFC
Asset Management Company; Loomis, Sayles & Company; McDonnell Investment
Management; Natixis Asset Management; Natixis Environment & Infrastructure
Luxembourg; Ossiam; Reich & Tang Asset Management; Snyder Capital Management;
Vaughan Nelson Investment Management; and Vega Investment Managers. Visit
ngam.natixis.com for more information.

^1 Cerulli Quantitative Update: Global Markets 2012 ranked Natixis Global
Asset Management, S.A. as the 13th largest asset manager in the world based on
assets under management as of December 31, 2011.
^2 Assets under management (AUM) may include assets for which non-regulatory
AUM services are provided. Non-regulatory AUM includes assets which do not
fall within the SEC’s definition of ‘regulatory AUM’ in Form ADV, Part 1.

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Contact:

NATIXIS GLOBAL ASSET MANAGEMENT
Boston
Denise Robbi-Arena, 508-523-4067
drobbiarena@gmail.com
 
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